Peaceful DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent
Making healthy changes in your home can come in many forms. Transitioning into some natural solutions for your everyday chores can have a positive benefit on your health and the environment. Get started with a productive DIY activity, such as making your own laundry detergent.
Why Make Your Own Laundry Detergent?
Cost Efficiency – The cost of laundry per load with homemade powder detergent is only $0.06 while commercial laundry products will cost around $0.20.
Avoid Harmful Toxins – Conventional laundry detergent may contain a lot of chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols, and more. Concentrated laundry pods have also been reported to cause harmful bodily effects, including oropharyngeal burns and respiratory distress.
Protect the Environment – Common laundry detergents contain phosphates which can clog waterways and lead to eutrophication (large algal blooms that can prevent fish and plant life from receiving oxygen).
What You Will Need
- Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground
- Mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax, and 1 part grated soap
- Store in a closed container
- Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
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